Independent TD Mick Wallace said mental health was the health issue raised most during the election campaign in his constituency. Photograph: Eric Luke

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar has ruled out making individual constituency deals with TDs for the provision of health services. “I would not be p(...)

Newly elected Independent TD Catherine Connolly, a committed cyclist, leaving the Galway West count centre last weekend. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

When Máire Geoghegan-Quinn became the first woman to hold a Cabinet post since 1922, this newspaper recorded that the “tiresome comparisons with Count(...)

Hildegarde Naughton. Although not a gender quota candidate, she has welcomed the initiative. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Hildegarde Naughton (39) is a classically trained soprano and primary schoolteacher who was appointed to the Seanad by Enda Kenny in July 2013. She un(...)

Newly elected Independent TD for Galway West Catherine Connolly has said she will not return to the Labour Party which she quit a decade ago, and says(...)

St Patrick’s Boys’ National School in Galway city ran their own unofficial plebiscite, hosted by sixth class. Image: Google Streetview

Shock result – a Fine Gael senator tops the poll and Labour hangs on to its seat in Galway West. And Fianna Fáil’s Éamon Ó Cuív loses out to a rival(...)

Tánaiste and Labour Party leader Joan Burton with Galway West candidate Derek Nolan TD. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

The buzz of current affairs Joan Burton was up with the lark yesterday morning to make an appearance on TV3’s ‘Ireland AM’. Her fairly gentle turn(...)

Fine Gael TD John O’Mahony, joined by former Galway footballer Seán Óg Dr Paor and former Galway hurler Pat Malone (r), during their call to former Clare hurler Frank Lohan and his son Gus at their home in Oranmore, Co Galway. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

The redrafting of the boundary in Galway West has led to a sort of homecoming for John O’Mahony. The football revolution he spearheaded in 1998, whi(...)

Irish Congress of Trade Unions general secretary Patricia King. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

The vast bulk of members of the out-going Fine Gael parliamentary party have declined to back a charter drawn up by the trade union movement setting o(...)

In 2014 the Department of Justice and Equality said the setting up of specialist family law courts could be dealt with through legislation. File photograph: Michaela Rehle/Reuters

Specialist family law courts established as divisions within existing court structures are to be provided for in draft legislation being worked on by (...)

Minister for Enterprise Richard Bruton: said the EU had yet to publish its proposals. Photograph : Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times

Measures to protect investors in the proposed EU-US trade accord are unlikely to override the Republic’s own courts and legal system, Minister for E(...)